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I have had a time but unlike anything else I stopped and took my time, and the module
discussion really did hit home with me. The different concepts we all have studied the material
was so essential and I drafted many notes but the main topic that stood out to me was the
emotional intelligence segment. On the assessment that we took was based off of my results
that proved I scored higher in emotional intelligence. The tactics to use in my emotional
intelligence studying and have the tips taught in this modules resource showed that I am
capable of holding it together and able to relate in my job to my consumers. I work in the
medical field and it takes a lot of time, patience and coping skills to get through a successful
shift. The fact that I learned about being able to have a great EQI 2.0 as well as as a decent IQ
proved to me that I was balanced. The fact of being conscious of others coping strategies is a
tactic that I feel I would be able to grow in because at work it is about team work and hearing
others’ opinions and being able to come to an agreement is very beneficial and can cause a lot
less stress. And the fact of being able to do so also implies that the use of it can affect my peers
by the behaviors that are associated with the programmatic course of emotional intelligence.
Based on my self-assessment, my coping strategies are practically non-existent... That's
exaggerated quite a bit, but I did find that I am apparently not the best with coping skills. I
scored highest in preventative and avoidance, which screams to me "ANXIETY". I definitely
agree with my results, I am often (over)thinking the near future, creating an escape plan for the
situations I could be put in, as well as avoiding and procrastinating conflict or problems as
long as humanly possible. c
Some value in being conscious about coping strategies is the ability to reduce overall stress
and work through difficult emotions. It is related to emotional regulation because in order to
be aware of your personal coping strategies, you need to be self-aware and in tune with your
mind and body. c
Coping behaviors and strategies in my opinion are directly correlated with both self-care and
emotional intelligence. To practice self-care, you literally need to use your emotional
intelligence to be in touch with both your mind and your physical body.
Based on the self-assessment, my primary coping strategy is tied between strategic planning
and emotional support seeking. I scored high in most areas though besides avoidance coping. I
would agree with the result and am certainly not surprised. I reach out to friends for support
often and think it helps tremendously to have close family and friends as aids to my mental
health. I also deal with anxiety, so the strategic planning coping strategy makes a lot of sense
to me.
Being conscious about one's coping strategies is valuable because one is more aware if their
coping behaviors and strategies are healthy and or if they work. It can also help us help other
people. If we understand and can identify what works for us, we can recommend positive
strategies to friends and family. It is related to emotional regulation because being aware that
you use coping mechanisms and which ones you use gives great insight into how we regulate
our emotions and our emotional intelligence.
Coping mechanisms apply to the theme of self-care. Coping strategies especially healthy ones,
aid in self care and are a way to regulate our emotions and deal with things instead of bottling
things up.
Based on the self-assessment one of my primary coping strategies was Reflective Coping.
This coping method is where I set goals and anticipate situations. Visualizing, preparing, and
brainstorming all possible outcomes and preparing for each of them accordingly. I do agree
with these results. With almost everything in my life I visualize the future consequences,
whether they be good or bad.
The value in knowing and being conscious of one’s coping strategies allows us to better
understand the stressful situation. If we already in advance what type of coping we do, we can
better prepare ourselves both physically and mentally for the task. Not only that but know
which strategies we lack in and work on those. If we are not aware of our own situation it will
be harder to deal with issues because we are not aware of what our best chances of advancing
are. Coping strategies are related to emotional regulation because it is with these strategies that
we help regulate our emotions in stressful situations. It helps us pay attention to, and cope
with, anxiety, depression, being overwhelmed, or simply being completely burnt out.
I think that coping behaviors applies to Emotional Intelligence. People with high EI are more
able to identify what coping strategies they use. High EI also allows the person to let others
help them in dealing with their problems and what causes them stress. It allows for better self-
care and emotional regulation. Emotional Intelligence is key to having a healthy body and
mindset, and opens the way to great coping methods depending on the situation.
I have been having a rough couple weeks emotionally and with controlling my anxiety, and I
am not exactly sure why, I thought I was improving, now I feel like I am backsliding, slipping
slowly back into despair for unknown reasons. I offer this information because this week's
reading relates about 95% to my current condition.
My primary coping strategy is strategic planning. This result is within the highest scale. I
agree and disagree with this result. I agree with the result because as of late I have definitely
been taking a more active measure to laying down plans appropriately. I disagree with the
result because I will be the first to admit that I am not doing all that I can right now to
incorporate those techniques, and I am still allowing my personal depression and stress to
overly effect my ability to get my work done, and I recognize that, especially in the last few
days. Now I must figure out how to overcome this "slump" and increase my positivity and
productivity before it begins to hurt my grades and aspirations.
Now that I have hit a roadblock of some kind mentally, I am finding increased difficulty in
"waking-up"; and my panic is returning in full force. For me personally, this results in some
seriously physical and debilitating daily symptoms such as tremors, chest pains,
lightheadedness, trouble catching my breath, and severely increased blood pressure, usually
suddenly and all at once. Even now as I write this for you, I am experiencing heart flutters and
the fright response of going to the emergency room in a panic. I know from recent experience
how this panicked decision will end; In a doctor pumping me with anxiety relieving
medication or sending me home with already known lists of coping techniques. Instead of
allowing my physical symptoms to overtake me, I fight to tell my body what my mind already
knows; that I am physically OK. I must eliminate all noise with ear plugs; I must breathe deep;
I have to tell myself again and again that the physical effects are being intensified by fear and
not a physical issue; I must repeat these processes until my blood pressure calms and my
shakes ease, and I snap a rubber band on my wrist to incorporate small increments of
controlled and self-inflicted discomfort, this helps to eliminate chest pains; otherwise the
downward spiral of my symptoms will only increase in severity, sometimes I must even fight
my mind to retain consciousness when my attack makes me want to faint. I am always
exhausted, emotionally and physically, after these attacks...
This is just one step in enhancing my coping ability. I must identify what I am doing or not
doing to allow myself to become so overwhelmingly overcome with negative emotion in the
first place. Am I failing to self-care appropriately? If yes, what must I do to neutralize the lack
of care? Am I allowing my homelife to overrun my time dedicated to work? If yes, how can I
ensure I am getting my own private time to focus as needed? Am I smoking too much? Am I
staying up too late? It is detrimentally important to coping and personal health to recognize,
accept, and address the REAL problems you face, so that you can cope in a way that improves
that particular situation. I can work through my anxiety attacks every time they happen, but
without addressing the underlying causes and reacting accordingly, my attacks will continue,
and my health will continue to weaken in the process, only adding negatively to my already
precarious condition.
This week I want to compare our lesson with a different programmatic course theme then I
typically would. Finding the right ways to cope are going to be extremely important within
your future career. We have to know that no matter how happy we are with our job and with
our coworkers, discomfort, misunderstandings, and disagreements are bound to occur in some
form and if we have not built the skills in which to handle these situations without
overreacting, we leave ourselves open to damaging our work relationships beyond repair, thus
making it a very unpleasant and unfulfilling place to be from that point on. Or we can go one
step further and say you snap out on a colleague without thinking it through, and you no longer
have a job. That would be devastating, no? Usually, to approach a delicate situation like a
misunderstanding at work, you should step away and take the time to think on it or go to a
trusted advisor and voice your concerns respectively for an outside view, before an initial
reaction, this is coping.
My primary coping strategy is Instrumental Support Seeking. I have always been the type of
person to ask for advice to help solve a problem. c I always believe that multiple perspectives is
best when trying to solve a problem. I also know I can let my emotions cloud my judgment so
I like to seek out people who I know will have a more logical approach.
Knowing your coping strategy is important for self-regulation. If you are aware of what your
coping strategy is, you will recognize when you are using it. This will help you be able to
regulate your emotions.
Coping strategies apply to emotional intelligence and self-care. Coping strategies are a way to
reduce stress on yourself, which is what self-care is all about. They also are linked to self-
regulation which is a key part of emotional intelligence.
This was an interesting assessment; I was not surprised by my scores I agree with the outcome.
My scores:
Proactive Coping: 52 out of 56, this is my strong area, in a leadership role I am always ready
for whatever event surfaces daily.
Reflective Coping: 36 out or 44, I am always anticipating daily what may crop up, could be
staffing callouts, to patient scheduling issues. Being aware of what can happen in a day and
having a quick plan of action will lead to success.
Strategic Planning: 14 out of 16, in the world of healthcare leadership there are many moving
pieces a list of to-dos is a must, and it must be prioritized.
Preventative Coping; 35 out of 40, this is a tricky coping skill, it is always beneficial to have a
plan, it's the unknown event is the question and what that plan would need to be.
Emotional Support Seeking: 17 out of 20, This is one of my weaker areas, I don't always like
to reach out and ask for support, I know I have the support group there, I have always just dealt
and worked things out. This is one of my coping skills I need to improve on.
Instrumental Support Seeking: 28 out of 32, I find it helpful to ask others for their opinion on a
given issue, having another person's insight gives perspective and another option for an
Avoidance Coping: 7 out of 12, I scored a bit low here, I find it helpful to step back before
acting, I don't see it as avoidance just taking a step back before acting, making sure I have a
accurate approach.
How does the concept of coping behaviors apply to any of the following programmatic course
Social justice
Emotional intelligence
Career connections
Coping behaviors are imperative for success in day-to-day life, not just work environments.
Being able to acknowledge your mood, how you react to stressful situations, how to handle
last minute conflicts. Having this ability will allow you to make decisions in a challenging
situation, self-care keeping anxiety and stress under control, problem solving making ethical
decisions. All are equally important to be successful and happy.
Primary coping strategy is the strategic planning scale. I 100% agree with this determination
of my primary coping strategy. In my career has an EMS Coordinator, I am always planning.
This can include for big events, festivals, winter weather, high compacity elderly buildings,
and anything else that can be thrown to me and my follow first responders. I cannot wait for
the something to happen, we have a group of delegates from the town are always planning for
the worse. As they say, “we don’t want to get caught with our pants down.”
The value of being conscious about one’s coping strategy is when the individual (themselves)
notices their own strategies. You will be able to tell if they are working for you or not. The
scores will help you better understand yourself and how to do better. The coping strategies can
help in reducing stress which can help avoid health problems (heart disease, depression, and
lowered immunity) (Myers & DeWall, 2020). Many times, the coping strategy can help an
individual better understand themselves when it comes to conflict. It will show the individual
what is the best and less stressful way of dealing with many types of issues.
I think that coping behaviors applies to Self Care the most. We need to have the best self-
care to have more of a successful PCI. We need to understand how we feel, how we deal with
certain items, and how we will overcome all the obstacles that are thrown at us. Once we
understand self-care, we can already have a jump start on many other strategies. Many of these
strategies all work together and or at the same time. The mind and body are amazing in their
own ways, and we are still learning about each one, and how they work together.
Myers, D., & DeWall, C. N. (2020). Psychology (6th ed.). Soomo Learning.
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